Can you guys remember how mediocre Barrett looked in the Spring Game? I know that game was a long time ago, but his progress since that scrimmage is quite remarkable. I honestly could have never envisioned in my wildest dreams at that time that this kid would be even close to the QB he is TD, a legitimate Heisman Trophy contender, and the leader of a Top 10 team. Truly remarkable job by this coaching staff, and strong evidence of the type of player JT is (a student of the game by all accounts). I just remember that Spring Game being almost unwatchable at the QB position, and am thoroughly enjoying watching this kid run the offense.
I did not get a ticket from the Buckeye allotment, but I'll be in Section 235. Hopefully a good crowd of Buckeyes in TCF. GO BUCKS!
We better hope FSU loses before this hearing, since I think it is safe to say the decision here will not be final until the playoff selection committee has picked the 4 playoff teams.
I was at the open scrimmage before the Illinois game, and although it was only a scrimmage, I had a few observations on Amir. Here they are, only one man's opinion obviously:
1) It appears Amir has filled out a bit and put on some good weight (whether he uses it to his advantage is a whole different question).
2) Again, only a scrimmage, but he had a total lack of interest contesting shots at the rim. He is getting much better at not fouling at the rim, but he also showed zero interest in trying to use his long, athletic frame to alter shots in any way. This has been one of my biggest complaints about Amir. Offense aside, he should dominate on the defensive end, but either does not know how to contest shots, or just does not care to most games (some games he tries and looks dominant on defense down there).
3) I may start a drinking game this year for every pass by Shannon Scott and Russell that Amir drops, and unfortunately I think this game will cause me to pass out before halftime of many Buckeye games. I've always been baffled at Amir's lack of ability to catch the basketball, but this year I think it may be even worse. Honestly, he didn't do terribly catching the passes in the open scrimmage, but with the vision that Russell has shown in his few days in a Buckeye jersey (no-look passes are plentiful) and the already proven passing skills of Shannon, I think we may see a record for dropped passes by Amir this year.
I am hoping that Amir finally plays up to his potential, as he seems like a nice kid and has all the tools to be a good college center. Unfortunately after the scrimmage I did not have much hopes of that happening this year, but it was just a scrimmage and hopefully the competition down low has helped him (from a skill and motivation level).
Good to see Urban get some recognition to the job they've done so far this year. Although it has been a bit dicey at times (first half vs Navy, VT, second half at PSU), he is still working with a young team (with a very young QB). Funny though that he still won't even be mentioned in the conversation for BIG coach of the year (see ESPN blog rankings below from a few weeks ago).
Roy also scored the first TD against TTUN in the #1 vs #2 game. I'll take that. He is also an unbelievable ambassador for the program, showing the great you can do with the Buckeye Family. I've know Roy for a long time, and he is the type of player/person that makes me proud to be a Buckeye. Glad to see him and Spence together, only good things can come from that for both.
I am also interested in the second set if it doesn't work out with AndyVance. You can contact me via my 11W profile as well.
Pretty sure last week, first snaps at WR were Spencer, Corey Smith and Wilson. Still baffled that Corey Smith sees the field over Thomas (as it appears it is more that C. Smith and Thomas rotating, Spencer and D. Smith rotating). Spencer is a great blocker, but doesn't bring much else to the table (yes, I know he had a nice run after catch on the screen next week), and I am still not seeing much from Corey Smith (other than some key drops against VT).
Trust in Urban (not sold yet on Coach Smith), but uncertain as to the WR rotations we've been seeing.
The first 3 WRs on the field (if I recall correctly) were Corey Smith, Evan Spencer and Dontre Wilson. I also thought that maybe Thomas was hurt, but then once Corey Smith took forever to line-up and then didn't get set (causing another pre-snap penalty), he immediately got pulled by Urban and Thomas ran onto the field. Just seems odd. I understand Cincy's D was not very good, but think it would have been more beneficial to get Thomas some more game reps with JT.
If this is true, I blame ESPN for getting me excited today with this article...
I hope your trusted friend is Steven A. Smith... Fingers crossed this isn't true.
Buckeye Knight is a trustworthy seller. I bought his tickets last week, and it was very easy to get the tickets. Know some people are hesitant to buy tickets from random people online. Don't stress about Buckeye Knight! GO BUCKS
I thought he was a Michigan lock
Thanks Buckeye Knight! Appreciate the tickets, and can't wait to see the Buckeyes again in primetime! GO BUCKS
Pretty boring day at work, been on top of new posts today, haha
Imagine the outrage if Urban made that decision/statement. Would be a front-page story about Urban not disciplining his players.
Where is the national media outcry here like with the Hyde/Roby incidents from last year? I recall breaking news all over ESPN, and outcry that Urban cannot control his players and does not discipline guys. Understand Hyde/Roby were higher profile players, but as usual, Hoke and UM get a pass.
I can't wait for Ty Isaac to get his waiver to play immediately at Michigan, because NCAA
The NCAA weighed in and provided these harsh punishments to Penn State, not because of anything the current players did, but rather the culture that existed at Penn State that allowed for these horrible actions to continue for way too long. I think the NCAA, despite "bending" their rules, were well intentioned in their actions and justifiable given the culture existing at Penn State around the football program. Although the individuals associated with the actions are no longer associated formally with the university, if the NCAA comes in and takes away these sanctions (virtually admitting they were wrong in instituting such strong sanctions), the purpose of their actions will go to the wayside.
I know a number of Penn State fans/alumni, and the culture at Penn State has not changed. Obviously, no one associated with Penn State actually believes anything that happened during the Sandusky scandal was acceptable by any means (we can joke about them being irrational, but they don't agree the "cover-up" was OK or the Sandusky actions were acceptable), but the culture of free-range to the football program still reigns strong in State College. With a strong personality at Penn State in Franklin, removing these sanctions will only encourage the Penn State community to allow Franklin (or anyone else) interested in bending or breaking rules (whether NCAA, society or legal) to do so (I am not accusing Franklin or anyone else of any rule breaking with that last comment).
Website would never let me actually purchase the tickets I selected, until the website crashed and I used the Iphone app to get 8 in a row in Section 124!